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2016-02-02 11:17:51 (11 comments; 0 reshares; 33 +1s)Open 

Groundhog

https://youtu.be/C7UhhuBTm3A

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2016-02-11 11:57:35 (2 comments; 21 reshares; 40 +1s)Open 

Push Here

#t-rex

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Uncle Josh Graves

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2016-02-13 13:29:03 (1 comments; 3 reshares; 15 +1s)Open 

Obama Care

Obama Care___

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2016-02-12 11:46:02 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 11 +1s)Open 

Five Lost Episodes of Firefly That Sadly Never Aired
we got a look into the probably-will-never-happen-but-never-say-never future of the show. As in, plot lines that never aired. Some involved dark secrets about characters. Others were a bit on the happier side. A few had almost entire scripts written in people’s heads.

Here are a few of our favorites

Five Lost Episodes of Firefly That Sadly Never Aired
we got a look into the probably-will-never-happen-but-never-say-never future of the show. As in, plot lines that never aired. Some involved dark secrets about characters. Others were a bit on the happier side. A few had almost entire scripts written in people’s heads.

Here are a few of our favorites___

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2016-02-12 11:40:41 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 9 +1s)Open 

Pick Me Up On Your Way Down
Charlie Walker

Pick Me Up On Your Way Down
Charlie Walker___

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2016-02-12 11:18:50 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 27 +1s)Open 

The Stanley Brothers

With Paul "moon" Mullins on fiddle

via +Mike Compton 
#bluegrass  

The Stanley Brothers

With Paul "moon" Mullins on fiddle

via +Mike Compton 
#bluegrass  ___

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2016-02-12 10:53:19 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 13 +1s)Open 

Florida Blues
One fall night in Hiltons VA, four of Virginia's top luthiers gathered at the Carter Family Fold to play music that inspires them. These are the {Carter Fold Sessions}.

Fiddle - Jimmy Edmonds; Guitar - Wayne Henderson; Bass - Gerald Anderson; Mandolin -- Spencer Strickland
#bluegrass  

De la bonne musique pour le week-end ! ___Florida Blues
One fall night in Hiltons VA, four of Virginia's top luthiers gathered at the Carter Family Fold to play music that inspires them. These are the {Carter Fold Sessions}.

Fiddle - Jimmy Edmonds; Guitar - Wayne Henderson; Bass - Gerald Anderson; Mandolin -- Spencer Strickland
#bluegrass  

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2016-02-11 21:58:39 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 7 +1s)Open 

We have observed gravitational waves!

This morning, the LIGO observatory announced a historic event: for the very first time in history, we have observed a pair of black holes colliding, not by light (which they don't emit), but by the waves in spacetime itself that they form. This is a tremendously big deal, so let me try to explain why.

What's a gravitational wave?

The easiest way to understand General Relativity is to imagine that the universe is a big trampoline. Imagine a star as a bowling ball, sitting in the middle of it, and a spaceship as a small marble that you're shooting along the trampoline. As the marble approaches the bowling ball, it starts to fall along the stretched surface of the trampoline, and curve towards the ball; depending on how close it passes to the ball and how fast, it might fall and hit it. 

If you looked... more »

We have observed gravitational waves!

This morning, the LIGO observatory announced a historic event: for the very first time in history, we have observed a pair of black holes colliding, not by light (which they don't emit), but by the waves in spacetime itself that they form. This is a tremendously big deal, so let me try to explain why.

What's a gravitational wave?

The easiest way to understand General Relativity is to imagine that the universe is a big trampoline. Imagine a star as a bowling ball, sitting in the middle of it, and a spaceship as a small marble that you're shooting along the trampoline. As the marble approaches the bowling ball, it starts to fall along the stretched surface of the trampoline, and curve towards the ball; depending on how close it passes to the ball and how fast, it might fall and hit it. 

If you looked at this from above, you wouldn't see the stretching of the trampoline; it would just look black, and like the marble was "attracted" towards the bowling ball.

This is basically how gravity works: mass (or energy) stretches out space (and time), and as objects just move in what looks like a straight path to them, they curve towards heavy things, because spacetime itself is bent. That's Einstein's theory of Relativity, first published in 1916, and (prior to today) almost every aspect of it had been verified by experiment.

Now imagine that you pick up a bowling ball and drop it, or do something else similarly violent on the trampoline. Not only is the trampoline going to be stretched, but it's going to bounce -- and if you look at it in slow-motion, you'll see ripples flowing along the surface of the trampoline, just like you would if you dropped a bowling ball into a lake. Relativity predicts ripples like that as well, and these are gravitational waves. Until today, they had only been predicted, never seen.

(The real math of relativity is a bit more complicated than that of trampolines, and for example gravitational waves stretch space and time in very distinctive patterns: if you held a T-square up and a gravitational wave hit it head-on,  you would see first one leg compress and the other stretch, then the other way round)

The challenge with seeing gravitational waves is that gravity is very weak (after all, it takes the entire mass of the Earth to hold you down!) and so you need a really large event to emit enough gravity waves to see it. Say, two black holes colliding off-center with each other.

So how do we see them?

We use a trick called laser interferometry, which is basically a fancy T-square. What you do is you take a laser beam, split it in two, and let each beam fly down the length of a large L. At the end of the leg, it hits a mirror and bounces back, and you recombine the two beams.

The trick is this: lasers (unlike other forms of light) form very neat wave patterns, where the light is just a single, perfectly regular, wave. When the two beams recombine, you therefore have two overlapping waves -- and if you've ever watched two ripples collide, you'll notice that when waves overlap, they cancel in spots and reinforce each other in spots. As a result, if the relative length of the legs of the L changes, the amount of cancellation will change -- and so, by monitoring the brightness of the re-merged light, you can see if something changed the length of one leg and not the other.

LIGO (the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory) consists of a pair of these, one in Livingston, Louisiana, and one in Hartford, Washington, three thousand kilometers apart. Each leg of each L is four kilometers long, and they are isolated from ambient ground motion and vibration by a truly impressive set of systems.

If a gravitational wave were to strike LIGO, it would create a very characteristic compression and expansion pattern first in one L, then the other. By comparing the difference between the two, and looking for that very distinctive pattern, you could spot gravity waves.

How sensitive is this? If you change the relative length of the legs of an L by a fraction of the wavelength of the light, you change the brightness of the merged light by a predictable amount. Since measuring the brightness of light is something we're really good at (think high-quality photo-sensors), we can spot very small fractions of a wavelength. In fact, the LIGO detector can currently spot changes of one attometer (10⁻¹⁸ of a meter), or about one-thousandth the size of an atomic nucleus. (Or one hundred-millionth the size of an atom!) It's expected that we'll be able to improve that by a factor of three in the next few years.

With a four-kilometer leg, this means that LIGO can spot changes in length of about one-quarter of a part in 10²¹. That's the resolution you need to spot events like this: despite the tremendous violence of the collision (as I'll explain in a second), it was so far away -- really, on the other end of the universe -- that it only created vibrations of about five parts in 10²¹ on Earth.

So what did LIGO see?

About 1.5 billion light years away, two black holes -- one weighing about 29 times as much as the Sun, the other 36 -- collided with  each other. As they drew closer, their gravity caused them to start to spiral inwards towards each other, so that in the final moments before the collision they started spinning around each other more and more quickly, up to a peak speed of 250 orbits per second. This started to fling gravity waves in all directions with great vigor, and when they finally collided, they formed a single black hole, 62 times the mass of the Sun. The difference -- three solar masses -- was all released in the form of pure energy.

Within those final few milliseconds, the collision was 50 times brighter than the entire rest of the universe combined. All of that energy was emitted in the form of gravitational waves: something to which we were completely blind until today.

Are we sure about that?

High-energy physics has become known for extreme paranoia about the quality of its data. The confidence level required to declare a "discovery" in this field is technically known as 5σ, translating to a confidence level of 99.99994%. That takes into account statistical anomalies and so on, but you should take much more care when dealing with big-deal discoveries; LIGO does all sorts of things for that. For example, their computers are set up to routinely inject false signals into the data, and they don't "open up the box" to reveal whether a signal was real or faked until after the entire team has finished analyzing the data. (This lets you know that your system would detect a real signal, and it has the added benefit that the people doing the data analysis never know if it's the real thing or not when they're doing the analysis -- helping to counter any unconscious tendency to bias the data towards "yes, it's really real!")

There are all sorts of other tricks like that, and generally LIGO is known for the best practices of data analysis basically anywhere. From the analysis, they found a confidence level of 5.1σ -- enough to count as a confirmed discovery of a new physical phenomenon.

(That's equal to a p-value of 3.4*10⁻⁷, for those of you from fields that use those)

So why is this important?

Well, first of all, we just observed a new physical phenomenon for the first time, and confirmed the last major part of Einstein's theory. Which is pretty cool in its own right.

But as of today, LIGO is no longer just a physics experiment: it is now an astronomical observatory. This is the first gravity-wave telescope, and it's going to let us answer questions that we could only dream about before.

Consider that the collision we saw emitted a tremendous amount of energy, brighter than everything else in the sky combined, and yet we were blind to it. How many more such collisions are happening? How does the flow of energy via gravitational wave shape the structure of galaxies, of galactic clusters, of the universe as a whole? How often do black holes collide, and how do they do it? Are there ultramassive black holes which shape the movement of entire galactic clusters, the way that supermassive ones shape the movement of galaxies, but which we can't see using ordinary light at all, because they aren't closely surrounded by stars?

Today's discovery is more than just a milestone in physics: it's the opening act of a much bigger step forward.

What's next?

LIGO is going to keep observing! We may also revisit an old plan (scrapped when the politics broke down) for another observatory called LISA, which instead of using two four-kilometer L's on the Earth, consists of a big triangle of lasers, with their vertices on three satellites orbiting the Sun. The LISA observatory (and yes, this is actually possible with modern technology) would be able to observe motions of roughly the same size as LIGO -- one attometer -- but as a fraction of a leg five million kilometers long. That gives us, shall we say, one hell of a lot better resolution. And because it doesn't have to be shielded from things like the vibrations of passing trucks, in many ways it's actually simpler than LIGO.

(The LISA Pathfinder mission, a test satellite to debug many of these things, was launched on December 3rd)

The next twenty years are likely to lead to a steady stream of discoveries from these observatories: it's the first time we've had a fundamentally new kind of telescope in quite a while. (The last major shift in this was probably Hubble, our first optical telescope in space, above all the problems of the atmosphere)

The one catch is that LIGO and LISA don't produce pretty pictures; you can think of LIGO as a gravity-wave camera that has exactly two pixels. If the wave hits Louisiana first, it came from the south; if it hits Washington first, it came from the north. (This one came from the south, incidentally; it hit Louisiana seven milliseconds before Washington) It's the shift in the pixels over time that lets us see things, but it's not going to look very visually dramatic. We'll have to wait quite some time until we can figure out how to build a gravitational wave telescope that can show us a clear image of the sky in these waves; but even before that, we'll be able to tease out the details of distant events of a scale hard to imagine.

You can read the full paper at http://journals.aps.org/prl/abstract/10.1103/PhysRevLett.116.061102 , including all of the technical details. Many congratulations to the entire LIGO team: you've really done it. Amazing.

Incidentally, Physical Review Letters normally has a strict four-page max; the fact that they were willing to give this article sixteen pages shows just how big a deal this is.___

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2016-02-11 11:57:35 (2 comments; 21 reshares; 40 +1s)Open 

Push Here

#t-rex

Push Here

#t-rex___

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2016-02-10 16:10:15 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 15 +1s)Open 

Crying Holy
The Iron Mountain Boys at the 2016 SPBGMA band competition
Austin Tate - Mando / Vocals
Ben Marshall - Bass / Vocals
Carson Peters - Fiddle / Vocals
Eric Marshall - Banjo / Vocals
Jamie Peters - Guitar

#bluegrass  

Crying Holy
The Iron Mountain Boys at the 2016 SPBGMA band competition
Austin Tate - Mando / Vocals
Ben Marshall - Bass / Vocals
Carson Peters - Fiddle / Vocals
Eric Marshall - Banjo / Vocals
Jamie Peters - Guitar

#bluegrass  ___

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2016-02-10 11:05:34 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 16 +1s)Open 

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2016-02-10 11:01:36 (2 comments; 0 reshares; 25 +1s)Open 

Seldom Scene 1996
From Dudley Connell:
Here's a backstage photo from 1996 at a theater in Durham, North Carolina. We were rehearsing a song that we had recorded on the Dream Scene album call The Boatman. I don't think we actually performed the tune, but we were preparing just in case. That's Ben's son, Chris Eldridge, holding up the door way. — with Fred Travers and Ronnie Simpkins

Seldom Scene 1996
From Dudley Connell:
Here's a backstage photo from 1996 at a theater in Durham, North Carolina. We were rehearsing a song that we had recorded on the Dream Scene album call The Boatman. I don't think we actually performed the tune, but we were preparing just in case. That's Ben's son, Chris Eldridge, holding up the door way. — with Fred Travers and Ronnie Simpkins___

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2016-02-08 11:16:45 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 5 +1s)Open 

Street Art

on the road route 66  
Drake's Eye Candy (Street Art) Masterpost 1.1  
https://plus.google.com/collection/E39nb  🌸     💖🍃Drake AbbyChicka 's Cars/Bike's MADDNESS)🍃
            💖https://plus.google.com/collection/ImryZ                 🍭🍁🍄☁️🌀___Street Art

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2016-02-07 13:59:32 (3 comments; 0 reshares; 17 +1s)Open 

Banjo Banjo
Bela Fleck & Abigail washburn

Bela Fleck & Abigail Washburn Release 'Banjo Banjo' EP on Vinyl - http://www.cybergrass.com/node/5112___Banjo Banjo
Bela Fleck & Abigail washburn

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2016-02-07 13:58:34 (6 comments; 1 reshares; 11 +1s)Open 

This streak is the last image ever of the space shuttle's reentry into earth's atmosphere from orbit.

This streak is the last image ever of the space shuttle's reentry into earth's atmosphere from orbit.___

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2016-02-07 13:58:06 (6 comments; 0 reshares; 18 +1s)Open 

Secret FEMA Storage Site

#banjo  

Secret FEMA Storage Site

#banjo  ___

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2016-02-06 14:04:10 (2 comments; 0 reshares; 5 +1s)Open 

Circa Blue Surprises Radio with Full Album Release
Orange Blossom Records is proud to announce the new Circa Blue album, Once Upon A Time is now available to radio stations via AirPlay Direct. The album went live this morning and has already jumped to #2 on the service’s Top 50 APD Bluegrass Folk Albums monthly chart. Stations may also request a private digital download from the label. Physical copies will be mailed to stations in the coming weeks and the label will soon announce the official retail street date.

Circa Blue Surprises Radio with Full Album Release
Orange Blossom Records is proud to announce the new Circa Blue album, Once Upon A Time is now available to radio stations via AirPlay Direct. The album went live this morning and has already jumped to #2 on the service’s Top 50 APD Bluegrass Folk Albums monthly chart. Stations may also request a private digital download from the label. Physical copies will be mailed to stations in the coming weeks and the label will soon announce the official retail street date.___

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2016-02-06 11:08:23 (2 comments; 0 reshares; 19 +1s)Open 

Ralph Stanley and Raymond Fairchild

#bluegrass  

Ralph Stanley and Raymond Fairchild

#bluegrass  ___

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2016-02-05 17:57:49 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 14 +1s)Open 

Galax woman's country album getting national attention
Album releases Friday after being honored by Rolling Stone

Galax woman's country album getting national attention
Album releases Friday after being honored by Rolling Stone___

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2016-02-05 10:53:52 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 10 +1s)Open 

Prince Charles makes Van Morrison a sir at Buckingham Palace

Prince Charles makes Van Morrison a sir at Buckingham Palace___

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2016-02-03 11:24:32 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 20 +1s)Open 

Reno and Smiley

Reno and Smiley___

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2016-02-03 11:21:22 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 23 +1s)Open 

Bobby and Sonny Osborne with Jimmy Martin

#bluegrass  

Bobby and Sonny Osborne with Jimmy Martin

#bluegrass  ___

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2016-02-02 11:51:21 (2 comments; 1 reshares; 21 +1s)Open 

NO

Chem pun!!!!! Via lukesurl.com ___NO

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2016-02-02 11:17:51 (11 comments; 0 reshares; 33 +1s)Open 

Groundhog

https://youtu.be/C7UhhuBTm3A

Groundhog

https://youtu.be/C7UhhuBTm3A___

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2016-02-01 11:58:12 (3 comments; 0 reshares; 18 +1s)Open 

Del McCoury is 77 years old today
commentary from +Frank Beacham 

Born in York, Pennsylvania, McCoury is a bluegrass musician and leader of the Del McCoury Band. He plays guitar and sings lead vocals along with his two sons, Ronnie McCoury and Rob McCoury, who play mandolin and banjo respectively.

In June, 2010, he received a National Heritage Fellowship lifetime achievement award from the National Endowment for the Arts and in 2011 he was elected into the International Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame.

McCoury has had a long career in bluegrass. Although originally hired as banjo player, he sang lead vocals and played rhythm guitar for Bill Monroe's Blue Grass Boys in 1963, with whom he first appeared on the Grand Ole Opry.

McCoury briefly appeared with the Golden State Boys in 1964 before taking a series of day jobs in construction and logging,... more »

Del McCoury is 77 years old today
commentary from +Frank Beacham 

Born in York, Pennsylvania, McCoury is a bluegrass musician and leader of the Del McCoury Band. He plays guitar and sings lead vocals along with his two sons, Ronnie McCoury and Rob McCoury, who play mandolin and banjo respectively.

In June, 2010, he received a National Heritage Fellowship lifetime achievement award from the National Endowment for the Arts and in 2011 he was elected into the International Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame.

McCoury has had a long career in bluegrass. Although originally hired as banjo player, he sang lead vocals and played rhythm guitar for Bill Monroe's Blue Grass Boys in 1963, with whom he first appeared on the Grand Ole Opry.

McCoury briefly appeared with the Golden State Boys in 1964 before taking a series of day jobs in construction and logging, while continuing to work as an amateur musician in Maryland, Virginia and Pennsylvania.

In the 1980s, his sons began performing with him. Fiddler Tad Marks and bass player Mike Brantley joined McCoury's group in early 1990s.
McCoury's group toured widely throughout the U.S. They relocated to Nashville as they began to attract attention.

Fiddler Jason Carter and bassist Mike Bub joined in 1992. Alan Bartram joined the band as bassist in 2005. McCoury became a member of the Grand Ole Opry in October, 2003.

McCoury was also one of many performers at The Clearwater Concert at Madison Square Garden on May 3, 2009. The event celebrated the 90th birthday of Pete Seeger.

McCoury has influenced a great number of bands, including Phish, with whom he has shared the stage several times, and who have covered his songs. He has also performed with The String Cheese Incident and Donna the Buffalo, and recorded with Steve Earle.

McCoury has covered songs by artists as diverse as The Lovin' Spoonful, Tom Petty and Richard Thompson. He has appeared at festivals including Bonnaroo, High Sierra, the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass and the Newport Folk Festival.

McCoury has a very enthusiastic fan base, known as the Del-Heads. In October, 2009, The Del McCoury Band began offering fans recordings of their performances on USB flash drives available immediately after their concerts.

Here, the McCoury Band performs “1952 Vincent Black Lightning” in 2007___

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2016-02-01 11:19:32 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 7 +1s)Open 

The World's Best Science Fiction, Chosen By Scientists

Tales of strange alien worlds, fantastic future technologies and bowls of sentient petunias have long captivated audiences worldwide. But science fiction is more than just fantasy in space; it can educate, inspire and expand our imaginations to conceive of the universe as it might be. We invited scientists to highlight their favourite science fiction novel or film and tell us what it was that captivated their imagination – and, for some, how it started their career.

The World's Best Science Fiction, Chosen By Scientists

Tales of strange alien worlds, fantastic future technologies and bowls of sentient petunias have long captivated audiences worldwide. But science fiction is more than just fantasy in space; it can educate, inspire and expand our imaginations to conceive of the universe as it might be. We invited scientists to highlight their favourite science fiction novel or film and tell us what it was that captivated their imagination – and, for some, how it started their career.___

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2016-01-31 12:55:02 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 27 +1s)Open 

Summer Wages
Rick Allred, Barry Barrier, Garland Carter, +Kenneth Berrier , Jim Mills

#bluegrass  

Summer Wages
Rick Allred, Barry Barrier, Garland Carter, +Kenneth Berrier , Jim Mills

#bluegrass  ___

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2016-01-31 12:47:46 (5 comments; 0 reshares; 33 +1s)Open 

Johnson Mountain Boys
circa 1970's

Johnson Mountain Boys
circa 1970's___

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2016-01-30 15:01:23 (3 comments; 1 reshares; 34 +1s)Open 

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2016-01-30 13:43:13 (4 comments; 0 reshares; 17 +1s)Open 

Flatt on Victor

#bluegrass  
via +The Grass You Love 

Flatt on Victor

#bluegrass  
via +The Grass You Love ___

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2016-01-30 11:39:21 (4 comments; 1 reshares; 14 +1s)Open 

Sierra Hull - Weighted Mind
Sierra Hull, the singer and mandolinist and former child prodigy who signed with Rounder at age 13, and distinguished herself by becoming the first #bluegrass musician to receive a Presidential Scholarship to the prestigious Berklee College of Music, has announced the release of her first new album in five years. Weighted Mind will be released on January 29, 2016. 15-time GRAMMY® winner Béla Fleck produced the recording, which features eleven compelling new compositions written or co-written by Hull, and one traditional tune for which she and Fleck provided a new arrangement.

Sierra Hull - Weighted Mind
Sierra Hull, the singer and mandolinist and former child prodigy who signed with Rounder at age 13, and distinguished herself by becoming the first #bluegrass musician to receive a Presidential Scholarship to the prestigious Berklee College of Music, has announced the release of her first new album in five years. Weighted Mind will be released on January 29, 2016. 15-time GRAMMY® winner Béla Fleck produced the recording, which features eleven compelling new compositions written or co-written by Hull, and one traditional tune for which she and Fleck provided a new arrangement.___

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2016-01-29 17:40:27 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 2 +1s)Open 

Gizmodo: Rest In Hell, Java Plug-In. http://google.com/newsstand/s/CBIw0-iSrCk

Gizmodo: Rest In Hell, Java Plug-In. http://google.com/newsstand/s/CBIw0-iSrCk___

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2016-01-29 11:24:31 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 14 +1s)Open 

Gum Tree Canoe
John Hartford had a unique #banjo  style

Gum Tree Canoe
John Hartford had a unique #banjo  style___

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2016-01-29 10:58:32 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 9 +1s)Open 

Retro #scifi  art

"By Space Ship to the Moon" (1952), wonderful cover art by Jack Coggins for a novel by Fletcher Pratt.___Retro #scifi  art

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2016-01-29 10:56:35 (1 comments; 1 reshares; 50 +1s)Open 

Uncle Josh Graves

Uncle Josh Graves___

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2016-01-28 12:13:37 (0 comments; 2 reshares; 8 +1s)Open 

Recording of We Are the World
commentary from +Frank Beacham and History.com

The special instruction Quincy Jones sent out to the several dozen music stars invited to participate in the recording of "We Are the World" was this: "Check your egos at the door."

Jones was the producer of a record that would eventually go on to sell more than seven million copies and raise more than $60 million for African famine relief.

But before "We Are the World" could achieve those feats, it had to be captured on tape — no simple feat considering the number of major recording artists slated to participate.

With only one chance to get the recording the way he and songwriters Michael Jackson and Lionel Ritchie wanted it, Jones convened the marathon recording session of "We Are the World" at around 10 p.m. on the evening ofJa... more »

Recording of We Are the World
commentary from +Frank Beacham and History.com

The special instruction Quincy Jones sent out to the several dozen music stars invited to participate in the recording of "We Are the World" was this: "Check your egos at the door."

Jones was the producer of a record that would eventually go on to sell more than seven million copies and raise more than $60 million for African famine relief.

But before "We Are the World" could achieve those feats, it had to be captured on tape — no simple feat considering the number of major recording artists slated to participate.

With only one chance to get the recording the way he and songwriters Michael Jackson and Lionel Ritchie wanted it, Jones convened the marathon recording session of "We Are the World" at around 10 p.m. on the evening of January 28, 1985 — 31 years ago today — immediately following the conclusion of the American Music Awards ceremony held just a few miles away.

Singer/actor/activist Harry Belafonte was the initiator of the events that led to the recording of "We Are the World."

Inspired by the recent success of "Do They Know It's Christmas?" — the multimillion-selling charity record by the British-Irish collective Band Aid — Belafonte talked Lionel Ritchie, Michael Jackson and Quincy Jones into helping him organize an American response under the name "USA for Africa."

Ritchie and Jackson wrote the song over the course of several days in January, and Belafonte's manager, Ken Kragen, who would go on to serve as President of the USA for Africa Foundation, the nonprofit organization that managed the profits from "We Are the World," came up with the plan to hold the session on the night of the AMA's in order to guarantee that the greatest number of big names would be able to participate.

Among the 45 stars who sang on "We Are the World" that night were huge-in-the-80s figures like Cyndi Lauper, Huey Lewis, Kenny Rogers, Willie Nelson, Smokey Robinson, Tina Turner, Paul Simon, Stevie Wonder, Ray Charles and Bob Dylan.

Also in the studio that night were half of the Jackson family, one Irishman (Bob Geldof, co-organizer of Band Aid) and one party-crashing Canadian, comedian Dan Aykroyd.

Egos fully in check, the group laid down the chorus and solos before sunrise on the 29th, and "We Are the World" was in the stores and on the airwaves just five weeks later.

Here, Bob Dylan rehearses “We Are the World.”
Thanks History.com___

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2016-01-28 11:19:44 (0 comments; 3 reshares; 13 +1s)Open 

Swanky!

Swanky!___

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2016-01-28 11:16:38 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 26 +1s)Open 

Larry Rice, JD Crowe, Tony Rice

#bluegrass  

Larry Rice, JD Crowe, Tony Rice

#bluegrass  ___

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2016-01-28 10:54:10 (3 comments; 4 reshares; 25 +1s)Open 

This sensational discovery is as new as the hydrogen bomb!

This sensational discovery is as new as the hydrogen bomb!___

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2016-01-27 11:41:58 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 8 +1s)Open 

Blackjack

We need more #banjo  around these parts!
                   *Blackjack*
Here's JD Crowe with a super-star backup band including Tony Rice and David "Dawg" Grisman, and Jerry Douglas with JD's signature tune

#bluegrass  ___Blackjack

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2016-01-27 11:31:00 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 17 +1s)Open 

Flatt & Scruggs Documentary from the Mid-60's

Flatt & Scruggs Documentary from the Mid-60's___

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2016-01-27 11:18:28 (10 comments; 1 reshares; 31 +1s)Open 

22nd Anniversary of Babylon 5

#scifi   #babylon5  

Happy 22nd Anniversary! #Babylon5 premiered on Jan. 26, 1994!___22nd Anniversary of Babylon 5

#scifi   #babylon5  

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2016-01-27 11:16:46 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 5 +1s)Open 

"Paul said to Peter, 'This is great. You feel like producing a record for this guy?' And Peter said, 'Yeah, I'll produce him.' That was my big break."

"Paul said to Peter, 'This is great. You feel like producing a record for this guy?' And Peter said, 'Yeah, I'll produce him.' That was my big break."___

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2016-01-27 11:09:49 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 14 +1s)Open 

California Cotton Fields

The Seldom Scene from 1988

California Cotton Fields

The Seldom Scene from 1988___

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2016-01-26 12:02:28 (1 comments; 4 reshares; 17 +1s)Open 

The Angels Rejoiced Last Night
The Church Sisters along with Carl Jackson on Country's Family Reunion

The Angels Rejoiced Last Night
The Church Sisters along with Carl Jackson on Country's Family Reunion___

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2016-01-26 11:11:19 (1 comments; 3 reshares; 43 +1s)Open 

Work Tip

Work Tip___

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2016-01-25 11:07:25 (7 comments; 1 reshares; 38 +1s)Open 

Bill Monroe

via Tom Isenhour who had this to say about it:
For your Bill Monroe for Breakfast: I ran across this nice little photo of Monroe, circa 1991. I think he was starting to "gettin' down" to do "Southern Flavor".

Bill Monroe

via Tom Isenhour who had this to say about it:
For your Bill Monroe for Breakfast: I ran across this nice little photo of Monroe, circa 1991. I think he was starting to "gettin' down" to do "Southern Flavor".___

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2016-01-25 10:58:05 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 10 +1s)Open 

The selections which appear on this record were originally recorded as part of what was intended to be the first album by The Johnson Mountain Boys. Due to several complications, only four songs from the recording sessions were chosen to be issued. They were originally issued on a seven inch 45 rpm extended play record of which only 1000 copies ever made and distributed.

#bluegrass  

The selections which appear on this record were originally recorded as part of what was intended to be the first album by The Johnson Mountain Boys. Due to several complications, only four songs from the recording sessions were chosen to be issued. They were originally issued on a seven inch 45 rpm extended play record of which only 1000 copies ever made and distributed.

#bluegrass  ___

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2016-01-23 15:38:43 (1 comments; 2 reshares; 16 +1s)Open 

snicker

___snicker

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2016-01-23 15:28:43 (5 comments; 2 reshares; 22 +1s)Open 

I Sang Dixie
I had forgotten just how great Dwight Yoakam is until I heard this on WBRF radio the other day. If you don't have a decent country music station in your neighborhood, stream some in from Galax, VA
http://www.blueridgecountry98.com/

I Sang Dixie
I had forgotten just how great Dwight Yoakam is until I heard this on WBRF radio the other day. If you don't have a decent country music station in your neighborhood, stream some in from Galax, VA
http://www.blueridgecountry98.com/___

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2016-01-23 15:10:35 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 9 +1s)Open 

If I Could Only Fly
Texas singer/song writer Blaze Foley

#countrymusic  

If I Could Only Fly
Texas singer/song writer Blaze Foley

#countrymusic  ___

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2016-01-23 14:05:03 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 23 +1s)Open 

Wayfaring Stranger
Sam Bush, Bobby Hicks, and Allison Brown, perform "Wayfaring Stranger," at Barton Hall, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA on 2/6/2010. Brought to you by Less Than Face Productions.

Wayfaring Stranger
Sam Bush, Bobby Hicks, and Allison Brown, perform "Wayfaring Stranger," at Barton Hall, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA on 2/6/2010. Brought to you by Less Than Face Productions.___

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